Book review: Smartcuts by Shane Snow

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We all know people who seemed to have popped out of nowhere into a career, a gig, or an experience that they had no business doing.

How did they do it?

In Smartcuts, Shane Snow attempts to explain why and how some people figure out these “lateral jumps.”

The subtitle of the book is “How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.”

It’s not accidental that it says “accelerate success,” rather than “achieve success.” If you picked up this book expecting a handbook on how to make your dreams come true, Read More…

Whole health series for business owners: reading The Difference Maker, by John C. Maxwell

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By Teresa Morrow

In his book, The Difference Maker, John C. Maxwell offers tips and tools for not only living differently but questioning our attitude toward life.

He challenges the reader to discover a new way to define ourselves in this world. He shares that “much of what we do every day comes from habitual behaviors. Over the course of time, we have developed a way of approaching life”. This book is described as “one-on-one coaching” from one of the nation’s top leadership experts, John C. Maxwell. † Here are just a few segments in the book that Read More…

Whole health series for business owners: reading The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

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Editor’s Note: We’re so excited to welcome back Teresa Morrow, a past contributor to Successful Blog, to share her spiritual insights for business owners. She will be doing a monthly series to help business owners and entrepreneurs leverage the world of mind, body, and spirit books in order to boost overall health. (Welcome back Teresa! ~Rosemary)

By Teresa Morrow

As the first book in this monthly series, I want to share with you—

“The Artist’s Way,” by Julia Cameron

You may not think of yourself as an artist; however, if you are ambitious, curious, and creative Read More…

Book Review: Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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When I first entered the workforce, my version of executive presence was a navy blue skirt suit. I struggled to be taken seriously as a writer in an office full of engineers. (That was also at a time when IBM required female employees to wear pantyhose.)

It took me years to realize that the suit alone wasnít going to do it.

In our casual, work-from-the-couch, wear-pajamas business environment, itís more important than ever to work on the elusive quality of executive presence.

Skills like gravitas, clear communication, a polished appearance, and authenticity are increasingly rare, but are required for Read More…

Book Review: Spin Sucks, By Gini Dietrich

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Gini Dietrich is on a mission.

She is aiming to shift the practice (and then the perception) of the public relations profession, one mind at a time.

It’s a tough row to hoe, when we are inundated daily with reports of sneaky native advertising, journalist fakeouts, and “astroturfed” social content, much of it generated by so-called PR pros.

But Gini and the Arment Dietrich team represent the good guys, and in her new book, Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management Read More…

Is Rehiring Those You Laid Off Smart?

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Experiencing a recession or other financial issue that requires you to lay off employees is one of the most stressful times a small business owner can go through.

But re-hiring those laid off workers may come in a close second if you’re not prepared for legal and other issues that may arise.

Discrimination Claims

If you’re not careful, you may end up receiving a discrimination claim when you start hiring back your laid-off employees. Remember: Fair employment laws apply to rehiring laid-off workers, just as they do to new hires.

Protect yourself by writing a clear rehire policy Read More…

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